Wednesday, June 10, 2009

HANDS Drumming Festival 2009

Highlights of the festival are performances by these same groups, as well as Kencana Putra, a traditional Malay drumming group; Deafbeat from the YMCA and drummers from several schools under HANDS tutelage. Having various drumming troupes participate, each with its own experience makes it a great way to share, and to learn skills and knowledge, for both participants and contributors alike.

Moreover, having different groups of people together will create ‘sparks’ which will ignite into a wonderful fun learning experience for all concerned. We hope this first festival of ours will set a trend for our ever challenging art form.

























Hands Gamelan Group

Wadaiko Syo

Mokaba Art Groups

Kencana Putra

Dhol Federation

Deafbeat YMCA

Chong Hwa Independent High School, KL

SMJK Yu Hua, Kajang

Chong Hua High School, Seremban

Cempaka Schools (1983) Sdn. Bhd, KL

SJK (C) Naam Kheung, KL

VENUE Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac)

DATE 10th – 14th June 2009

National Primary School Festive Drumming Competition


(Pentas 1)

10 / 6 / 2009 7.30pm

Ticket Price RM22



(Pentas 1)

12 / 6 / 2009 8.30pm

13 / 6 / 2009 3.00pm & 8.30pm

14 / 6 / 2009 3.00pm & 8.30pm

Ticket Prices RM72, RM58, RM38

Ticket Promotions

1. Early Bird - 15% Discount (valid until 20 / 5 / 2009)

2. Group Tickets - Buy 15 free 2

(The ticket promotions above are only for the RM58 & RM72 ticket purchases)

3. Hands Club Members, Senior Citizens, Disabled - 10% Discount

Percussion Workshops



10 – 14 / 6 / 2009


10 / 6 / 2009: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

11 / 6 / 2009: 8.00pm – 10.00pm

Wadaiko Syo

10 / 6 / 2009: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

13 / 6 / 2009: 10.30am – 11.30am

Mokaba Art Groups

12 / 6 / 2009: 3.30pm – 5.30pm (Dikir Barat)

13 / 6 / 2009: 12.00pm – 2.00pm (Wayang Kulit)


12 / 6 / 2009: 1.00pm – 3.00pm (for Beginner)

14 / 6 / 2009: 10.30am – 12.30pm (for Parent and Child)

Dhol Federation

14 / 6 / 2009: 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Workshop Registration and enquiries +603 – 6141 4480.

1st – 10th May open for Hands Club Members Registration ONLY, public registration will be after 10th May.

Registration Fee


* Purchase of any ONE workshop: RM50

* Purchase of any TWO Workshops: RM90

* Purchase of any FOUR Workshops: RM170

ENQUIRIES +603 – 6141 4480 (Hands Office手集团办公室)

+6012 – 274 4292 (Jason黎百)

SUPPORTED BY HSBC in the Arts, Malaysia Airlines, KWAN


Come and have fun with us!


Thursday, June 04, 2009

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

As an opening, be entertained with a humorous crash course on Shakespeare’s works. A pre-show appetizer entitled The Fifteen-Minute Hamlet directed by Nicole-Ann Thomas will be in play. This blitz version of Hamlet by Tom Stoppard brings together all the famous lines and scenes from the play.

Join the T4YP troupe on their first venture on stage as they bring you the misadventures and funny anecdotes of these characters

klpac launched its groundbreaking Theatre for Young People (T4YP) programme in 2008. Spearheaded by Director in-Residence Christopher Ling, it aims to provide a platform for young people to express themselves by creating meaningful theatre. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead is just the beginning of an exciting season by the T4YP gang.

Performance Details

Show 18 to 20 June @ 8.30pm; 21 June @ 3pm

Venue Pentas 2, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac)
Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan (off Jalan Ipoh)
51100 Kuala Lumpur
(location map & public transport options available on
Ticket prices: TBC (Call our Box Office for more information)
Box Office 03-4047 9000

Web /

Duration The Fifteen Minute Hamlet - 15 minutes;
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - 90 minutes

The T4YP Ensemble for 2009

Ayunni Binti Ayub, 25 yrs
Belinda Hon, 17 yrs
Dinesh Kumar Maganathan, 22 yrs
Gregory Sze, 17 yrs
Isabell Zubinsha, 17 yrs
Izmir Hadi Husein, 25 yrs
Michael Tan, 19 yrs
Nabihan Yaacob, 25 yrs
Nick Dorian, 21 yrs
Nur Hidaya Zakuan, 25 yrs
Priyadashini Maganathan, 18 yrs
Rachel Darshini Henry, 18 yrs
Sally Ann Chan, 18 yrs
Tung Jit Yang, 19 yrs
Sean Yap Shao Chi, 19 yrs

T4YP 2009 Season (performances)

1 – 2 May: The 100-Words Project
18 – 21 June: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
30 July – 2 Aug The Brink (Physical Theatre by Helana Foo)
6 – 9 Aug: What Does it Mean to Be Free? (by Alex Chua)
8 – 9 Aug: T4YP Sweatshop 2009
10 – 13 Sept: Hamlet


Mak Yong Titis Sakti

This upcoming production stays true to the original presentation style of Mak Yong which fuses together acting, singing, dance, drama, romance and comedy. Like other Mak Yong performances, it boasts an all-female cast with the exception of three – the Memanda Bijaksana and two court jesters who provide comic relief. The cast, starring Rosdeen Suboh, Asrulfaizal, Zamzuriah Zahari and Tisha Zarina Zainal, will be backed by none other than Kamrulbahri Hussin & his all-male music ensemble.

With just a handful of veteran Mak Yong performers left and dwindling interest in traditional performing arts, The Actors Studio through its Teater Rakyat programme hopes to revive some interest in Mak Yong with this innovative adaptation. This could very well mark the very first local attempt at such a feat of using foreign text in a traditional Mak Yong performance.

And while most Mak Yong performances in KL are staged by students of this art form in the refines of college campuses or at private official events, the general public will have full access to this performance of Mak Yong Titis Sakti and get the opportunity to experience what was once largely performed as court entertainment in the palaces. With this, it will not only keep the interest of loyal fans alive but draw new audiences to this age-old art form that has been proclaimed by UNESCO to be a “Masterpiece of The Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”.


Raja Dewa Kayangan descends to earth and stumbles upon a young lady, Seri Laksana, who is madly in love with Indera Putera. Sadly, these feelings are not reciprocated as his heart is set on another lady Cempaka Puteri who happens to be the lover of Iskandar Muda.

Disturbed by Seri Laksana’s predicament, Raja Dewa Kayangan sends his jester to present Indera Putera with a gift – Bunga Kasih Sakti – a potion that will entice one to fall in love.

However, this immediately sets off a series of unpredictable events that will keep you entertained!

The Team

Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Adapted by Norzizi Zulkifli and Nan Megat

Directed by Norzizi Zulkifli

Featuring Rosdeen Suboh

Tisha Zarina Zainal


Ashafiqah Abd Aziz

Zamzuriah Zahari

Nur Ameera Ramli

Elza Irdalynna


Zalika Nadia Zulkifli

Siti Farah Abdullah

Safia Hanifah

Lorna Hoong


The Good Body

toniQ creative is co-producing a play with Catwoman Productions based on internationally acclaimed playwright, Eve Ensler’s The Good Body, under the patronage of YB Dato’Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen.

Staged for the first time in Malaysia from June 18-28 at Sime Darby Convention Centre, we hope to help the women in Malaysia achieve some freedom from their negative body image by providing an inside look at the outside exploring the cultures of food, beauty & desire through the eyes of women around the world.

Through Ensler’s honest, insightful, and sometimes naughty portrayal of genuine experiences and real-life obsessions, we are introduced to women who have found a hard-won peace with their bodies: an African mother who celebrates each individual body as signs of nature's diversity; an Indian woman who transcends "treadmill mania" and delights in her plump cheeks and curves; and a veiled Afghani woman who is willing to risk imprisonment for a taste of ice cream. These are just a few of the inspiring stories woven through Ensler's global journey from obsession to enlightenment. Ultimately, these monologues become a personal wake-up call to love the "good bodies" we inhabit.

Ensler freely admits that body-image issues affect men as well as women. “As I've traveled across America I've been really struck (by) the degree to which men are obsessed with their bodies and self-hating, too. It's really moved me very deeply and opened my mind to ways of considering and thinking about men."

We are passionate about the message we want to get across to women & men alike through the play in our cause for the greater good of women in Malaysia.

Proceeds from the Charity Premiere on June 18th, goes to Women’s Aid Organization (WAO) in line with ours & the playwright’s platform to raise awareness to stop violence against women.

Your support is very much appreciated.

Starring: Ida Nerina, Joanna Bessey, Joanne Kam, Samantha Schubert, Bella Rahim, Anrie Too

Directed by: Susan Lankester Producers: Meggie Teoh, Angie Teoh


Date: 18-21 June, 23-28 June’09

(18 June – Charity Premiere for WAO)

Showtime : 8.30pm

(except 28 June: matinee at 3pm & finale show at 8.30pm)

Total running time: 90 minutes

Venue : Sime Darby Convention Centre (Auditorium), Mt. Kiara

Ticket price* : RM65 and RM85

(18 June Charity Premier RM103, 28 June Matinee RM55)

Where to buy:

· Phone - AXCESS Hotline 03-7711 5000

· Online –

· Outlets - sold at all Axcess ticket outlets in Klang Valley at Rock Corner Mid Valley Megamall, Tower Records Lot 10, Stadium Putra Bukit Jalil, Axcess office Section 14, 1 Utama Box Office, Parkson Sunway Pyramid, Penang - Tower Records Gurney Plaza, Johor Bahru – Music Valley Holiday Plaza.

* Ticket prices incl. of Axcess Fees